New Hybrid Vehicle Helps S. Stibbards & Sons Stay Environmentally Friendly

S. Stibbards & Sons are one of the oldest established funeral directors in Essex, with a history steeped in tradition.  However when it came time to replace one of their private transfer vehicles they were keen to embrace new technologies and felt that Superior UK Automotive’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle would help reduce costs whilst helping to improve the general environment.

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“Superior UK had been recommended to us for the quality of their decks and robustness of their hydraulic systems,” explained Stuart Stibbards-Fryer, Head of Fleet Management and fifth generation of the Stibbards family. “Jon Helm came out to see us at our head office in Hadleigh and we soon realised Superior UK offered a refreshingly different level of service. We talked to Jon about what we needed in a private transfer vehicle, and felt very confident leaving it in his hands.”

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S. Stibbards & Sons was founded in 1867 and now has six offices in the local area of Southend-on-Sea, with a coroner’s contract for the area to service as well, the vehicle had to be reliable, professional-looking, and hard working.

Superior UK Automotive welcomed the opportunity to deliver their first mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (mHEV) van.

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The new vehicle is finished in metallic Kapoor red to match Stibbards signature branding. The vehicle is a long wheel base uprated to 3.2 tonne. Custom built extra storage in front of the hydraulic decks adds to the normal under deck storage typical of a Superior Rise & Fall deck system and meets Stibbards bespoke requirements.

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Kevin Smith from Superior UK explained why this was an exciting project.

“Stuart took a very hands-on approach and knew exactly what the company needed,” he said. “The Ford Transit Custom is a first for both Superior UK and Stibbards as it is based on the latest EcoBlue diesel mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle. It’s a great-looking, very practical vehicle which helps Stibbards play their part by being environmentally friendly without compromising the practical requirements of long-distance work.”

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W S Ingham & Son New High-Spec Vito Removal Vehicle Matches Fleet

W S Ingham & Son are no strangers to upgrading their fleet with the very latest vehicles – last year, they took delivery of a Pilato Jaguar GrandAurora hearse and two XJ limousines. When the decision was made to replace a removal vehicle with brand-new vehicle, they once again turned to Superior UK.

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Tony Ingham is third generation of the Ingham family, and runs the business with his mother Pat with help from his fiancee Debbie.

“We are a modern, progressive funeral business and we like our vehicles to reflect our values,” he explained. “Our Pilato Jaguar ceremonial vehicles certainly do that – they are stunning. We wanted our newest removal vehicle to have similar wow-factor.”

Tony was happy to have another Mercedes Vito removal vehicle, but knew he wanted a bespoke, high-spec version. He asked the team at Superior UK to create a vehicle that would perfectly fit the needs of his busy funeral firm.

“We worked with Superior UK last year for those amazing Pilato Jaguar fleet vehicles, and I completely trust Kevin to handle any vehicle request,” said Tony. “Superior’s customer service and communication are second to none, and they really understand the needs of funeral directors. We have a great relationship, there is no need to look anywhere else.”

Tony had seen Superior UK’s Vito and knew the spec he wanted, including the Superior UK Rise&Fall decking and plenty of storage.

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W S Ingham’s new high-spec Vito is finished in Selenite metallic grey to match his Pilato Jaguar fleet vehicles. The result is a slick and great-looking fleet of top-end funeral vehicles, bespoke inside and out.

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“Our new Vito was created for us and really makes life easier,” said Tony. “We’ve since had our fleet vehicles fitted with Superior UK’s hygiene screens so we can offer families the best possible service even at these strange times. Superior have been a great help throughout.”

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G Seller & Co Take Delivery Of New Vito Tourer Removal Vehicle

G Seller & Co are a busy family funeral firm based in Hinckley, covering a large area of Leicestershire. Joseph Barsby, Managing Director and third generation of the Barsby family to come into the company, asked Superior UK Automotive to provide a bespoke Vito Tourer to support the business.

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“I knew exactly what we needed from a new removal vehicle, and I was confident that Kevin and the team at Superior UK would be able to help,” said Joseph. “We discussed all the options, and then I purchased the Vito and sent it to Superior UK to be fitted out.”

 

When the Vito arrived at Superior UK HQ, it was basic and white – the perfect blank canvas for creating a fit-for-purpose funeral vehicle. The Superior UK team got to work creating Joseph’s vision, including installation of a bespoke storage system for permanent housing of kit. The team also built individual storage boxes allowing easy access to the stretchers from the tailgate.

 

The decking was finished in a modern smart Grey Laminate and delivered to a delighted Joseph and colleagues.

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“We are very happy with our new Vito, and highly recommend Superior UK for an excellent service, and a collaborative approach to creating truly bespoke vehicles,” said Joseph.

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Second Vito Makes Matching Pair for F Cobbett & Sons

F Cobbett & Sons Funeral Directors, who operate six funeral homes in South London as Evershed Brothers, have taken delivery of a brand-new custom Vito removal vehicle. Warwick Cobbett explains why he decided to order a second Vito to match his existing 17-plate vehicle.

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“In addition to having six branches in London, our vehicles make long trips in the UK and even outside of the country,” says Warwick. “We need removal vehicles that are exceptionally reliable and spacious, but also look the part.”

Warwick had previously ordered a customised Vito from Superior UK Automotive, and has been so pleased with the vehicle that he knew he wanted a second identical van to standardise his private ambulances.

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“Our 17-plate Vito was the first vehicle we had from Superior, and since then we have developed a good relationship with Kevin and his team. In 2018, we ordered a Pilato hearse and have been very happy with the service from Superior.

“When the time came to replace our second removal vehicle, I knew I wanted a matching Vito from Superior. It is great to have a standardised look and performance across our vehicles.”

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Kevin Smith from Superior UK was delighted to assist Warwick with his second Vito.

“Warwick asked us to replicate his 17-plate Vito, so we customised the decks to accommodate a repatriation casket on the top and bottom decks, installed an Auden wheeled bier and finished the Vito off with a fully lined VIP kit, air-conditioning, navigation and automatic transmission. The only extra is the reversing cameras, which weren’t available when Warwick ordered his first Vito.”

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With a pair of matching removal vehicles, each with a custom height deck and personalised spec, F Cobbett and Sons fleet is looking even more slick and professional.

“We are pleased to help Warwick with this quality vehicle which will keep up with the needs of his busy London funeral firm for many years to come,” says Kevin Smith of Superior UK.

F Cobbett & Sons operate under Evershed Brothers. The family firm has been operating since 1924 and Warwick is third generation of the Cobbett family.

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Customised Extra-Long Vito Makes Life Easier For Douch Family Funeral Directors

Douch Family Funeral Directors have seven offices and two coroners’ contracts, so their vehicles need to be reliable and up to the job. Jonathan Stretch explains why their most recent purchase of a removal vehicle goes the extra mile.

“Our previous removal vehicle was a Vito with a Superior UK Rise & Fall deck, but we needed more space,” says Jonathan. “We have used Superior for all our fleet vehicles for well over a decade, so I approached them and asked what they could do. When they explained that we could have our existing lift moved across to a new extra-long Vito, I knew we had found the ideal solution.”

With the exception of one Ford ambulance, Douch’s fleet is made up of Mercedes vehicles supplied over the last 15 years by Superior UK, so Jonathan knew he wanted to stick with the Mercedes mark.

“Mercedes is a great brand which is economical and holds its value,” he says. “Superior UK are always able to supply us with exactly what we need.”

Kevin Smith from Superior UK was delighted to supply Douch Family Funeral Directors with their latest vehicle.

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“We enjoy a good relationship with the Douch family, having first served them in 2005 with a fleet of new Binz Mercedes hearse and limousines,” he says. “We have built upon that first encounter and continue to enjoy supplying the family with quality vehicles which support their professionalism.”

“Douch’s new Vito is something quite different to the norm, equipped with a secondary bulkhead and storage area, making it perfect for such a busy funeral director firm with two coroners’ contracts.”

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Jonathan’s investment in the new Vito was made easier by Superior’s ability to take the Rise & Fall decking out of their old van and move it into the new Vito.

“This is something we have wanted to do for a long time, and I’m so pleased it worked,” said Jonathan. “Superior serviced all the parts, gave it new hydraulics, and completely removed the lifts and put it into the new vehicle – this meant a great saving for us!”

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Douch’s new extra-long Vito means an extra 290mm behind the cab which is used as wardrobe space for staff suits and coats, making life much easier for this busy funeral firm. It also has inbuilt sat nav, so staff can get on the road faster.

“The new Vito is already turning heads,” says Jonathan. “It is a great addition to our fleet, and we thank Superior UK for helping us with another quality vehicle.”

Douch Family Funeral Directors has been owned and run by the family since 1910.

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JG Fielder Upgrade to Vito With the Help of Superior UK Automotive

JG Fielder & Son are a large independent funeral director, with six branches across North Yorkshire. Their vehicles go a lot of miles: not only does the business have six locations, but regularly does hospital runs across the entire country.

When the time came to update one of the removal vehicles, partners Victor and Chris Fielder knew it was important to invest in a reliable and purpose-built vehicle. Chris tells us why JG Fielder & Son decided on a bespoke Vito from Superior UK Automotive.

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“We like to run a relatively new fleet,” explains Chris, who represents the fifth generation at JG Fielder & Son. “Our removal vehicles tend to last two or three years because we run so many miles. Just this week we have been to Bedford, London, and Lancaster from our base here in North Yorkshire.

“We’ve previously had MPV type removal vehicles, but decided to upgrade to a van with purpose-built interior as we knew it would last longer.”

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Chris had seen Superior UK Automotive’s vehicles – including their Vito – at the National Funeral Exhibition some years ago. It evidently made a good impression, as he remembered the vehicle and got straight on the phone to Superior.

“We did look around too,” he says, “but no other company was offering the option of putting together our own specification at the level of finish we wanted, and there was nothing on the market to rival the Superior UK Vito.”

Greg Platt, Superior UK’s Northern Area Sales Executive, visited JG Fielder & Son to demonstrate some of the choices of interior to their new Vito, including the famous Rise&Fall lift system.

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“We already knew what we wanted in our Vito,” says Chris, “so it was great to see the layout in a real vehicle. Greg helped us decide on every detail and was happy to provide options on the interior – again, Superior UK were the only vehicle company we found willing to do this.”

Superior UK helped JG Fielder & Son decide on a spec for their Vito, creating a bespoke vehicle which was professional and functional with a really high-level finish.

Between order and delivery day, Superior UK kept in touch, giving Chris regular updates. The Vito was on the road within 20 minutes of delivery, and instantly became a key part of the fleet.

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“We do about 800 funerals a year over a large area,” Chris says. “Add hospital runs to that and you can imagine how busy our new Vito has been.

“It has made a huge difference, helping us save time and fuel. The extra space and the design of the interior means we can take 4 bodies at a time (instead of 2). The higher spec means it is comfortable to drive, which is important when we cover so many miles.

“The Rise&Fall decking is so easy to use, we would never go back to anything else. Not only is it easier for our drivers to operate, but the deck can be raised up to window level so people can see floral tribes more easily.”

Kevin Smith from Superior UK says it was a pleasure to help Chris Fielder and family with their first Vito removal vehicle.

“JG Fielder’s Vito was a first for us, too,” he says. “It was the first Superior UK Vito removal vehicle in the latest dark graphite grey metallic – a great colour for this vehicle, especially in its covert ‘MPV’ guise.

“Chris and Vic chose a great specification, opting for a Vito Premium with 7-speed automatic transmission, alloy wheels, air-conditioning and navigation. They asked us to fit the rear compartment with full VIP kit, all beautifully finished in burnt strand grey laminate. The result is a beautiful vehicle that is purpose built to make the job easier.”

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High-Spec Vito On Display At NFE Finds New Home With Alan Greenwood & Sons 

An independent funeral director business with 31 funeral homes and chapels of rest needs a large fleet. But when Alan Greenwood attended this year’s NFE, he didn’t plan to leave with a new vehicle. He tells us why this new Vito caught his eye.

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“We’re one of the largest true independents remaining in the UK,” says Alan, who runs Alan Greenwood & Sons. “We currently have more than 25 funeral homes across Surrey and South London, as you can imagine this means the business is always expanding and adapting. One of our greatest needs is having enough good quality, reliable fleet vehicles.”

Alan has come to Superior UK for ceremonial vehicles and private ambulances for over 15 years, and some of his first Superior vehicles are still in service.

“I’ve always done business with Kevin at Superior because his vehicles have always been great quality, and he looks after us very well,” says Alan. “We’ve had new vehicles from him, and he’s done repair and service work for us too. He’s a good man to deal with, and in this business that means a lot.”

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Superior UK always have a large stand at the NFE, and this year was no different. Alan attended the show keen to see Superior’s vehicles, but had no intention of actually buying anything. But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

“I may have had a G&T!” jokes Alan. “I wasn’t expecting to buy a vehicle at the NFE, but when the best in the business are there and you can physically look around the cars, it makes sense. I spotted the new Vito on Superior’s stand and knew it would be our next removal vehicle. It is a very high-spec vehicle, beautifully kitted out, and can double up as a hearse – which makes it even more of an attractive prospect.”

Alan’s new Mercedes Vito removal vehicle has a high level of specification, complete with air-conditioning, a reversing camera, and automatic transmission.”

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“It’s everything you could need in a removal vehicle, and more,” explains Kevin Smith from Superior UK. “The specification is designed to accommodate the specific needs of a funeral director, making it a truly multi-purpose vehicle.

“The attention to detail and quality of finish, combined with its MPV-like appearance, means it is real for nursing homes and residential removals, replacing the need to operate both a removal van and an estate car or people carrier.

“Our Vito is ideal as a hearse for the morbidly obese or for low-cost funerals. We have also supplied our Vitos for repatriation use. It really is a great reliable all-rounder.”

Alan Greenwood & Sons took delivery of their new Vito in July and immediately put the vehicle to work across a busy region.

“We have chosen to go to Superior UK for our vehicles since buying our first limousine from Kevin in 2004,” says Alan. “We enjoy a friendly relationship and I know Kevin is only ever a phone call away. This latest vehicle is another example of the quality vehicles and great service we have always had. That’s why I stay with Superior.”

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Two New Mercedes Benz Vitos Help AJ Wakely Cover Large Rural Area

With 10 offices covering a large expanse of three rural counties, AJ Wakely & Sons funeral directors need vehicles they can rely on. Director Clive Wakely explained why he opted to add two more Mercedes Benz Vitos to his hard working fleet.

“We are always busy,” said Clive, “and contracts with two coroners mean we need to get from A to B in less than an hour. Our private ambulances need to help us navigate that rural area quickly and without fuss.”

When Clive decided to replace his two 9-year old Vito removal vehicles, he briefly considered cheaper options to see if anything could match the Mercedes Benz Vito for performance and style.

“Even as we looked around, we always knew we would come back to Vitos,” explained Clive, who has run this kind of private ambulance since 2008. “They have a great reliability record and look so professional. It wasn’t long before we realised there was no reason to change to any other vehicle. There is a certain prestige to a Vito which no other vehicle can match.”

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Superior UK have provided AJ Wakely & Sons with all of their previous Vitos (two in 2008, and one last year). Clive asked Kevin Smith at Superior about the latest available options before he settled on his specifications.

“We added a few new details, but perhaps the most useful is built in sat nav and air conditioning,” said Clive. “Proper sat nav is a great help to a business of our size and scale.

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“The finish is excellent and the decking is far superior to anything you get anywhere else. People do notice small details like that, even on a removal vehicle. It is a mistake to think that only hearses and limousines matter. A Vito helps us project the image of the business and shows that we are serious about professionalism.”

Kevin Smith of Superior UK said it has been a pleasure to assist Clive with AJ Wakely’s Vitos for nearly a decade.

“Clive’s first vehicle delivery from us was in 2008,” he said. “Each Vito is worked hard and will cover around 100,000+ miles before being replaced. It is great to know that we can help.

“Clive always likes a good level of specification and this recent order was no different. Both Vitos are fully equipped with factory fitted navigation, air-conditioning and parking sensors. The exteriors are beautifully finished in brilliant silver metallic paintwork with colour coded bumpers and alloy wheels. Even the Superior UK ‘Rise&Fall’ decking is finished in heavy duty grey laminate so it blends in perfectly with the paintwork.

“These are truly good looking vehicles which help AJ Wakely promote a professional image. We are delighted to continue supporting AJ Wakely nearly 10 years after their first delivery from us.”

This is a post from the Superior UK blog. The main Superior UK website is here.